Sunrise and Sunset Differences
Name: Angel W.
Why does sunrise always looks so much different than
I am not sure they do look different everywhere.
But one definite difference is:
- at sunset, your area has been warming all day
- at sunrise, your area has been cooling all night.
If you are on a coast with prevailing wind from the water,
I suppose the cooler morning is more likely to be dulled by fog or clouds.
Do not forget that your personal impression of the appearance of the scene
might depend a bit on whether
you are experiencing warm or cold.
I think the top of the atmosphere swells upwards during the day and then
subsides again each night,
because at night the sun has stopped sizzling our beloved ozone and
ionosphere with UV and solar particles.
On quiet nights perhaps there is a little less wind and turbulence near
the ground, kicking up new dust.
Either of these might make it easier to see dark or deep blue night sky
with stars on one side of you,
and sunrise lighter blue sky on the other, at the same time.
In comparison I tend to think the sunset sky leans towards whitish
overhead and reddish horizon;
if true that means more light-scattering and absorption is happening at
and we can start to search for the proper reasons why.
I just realized: I am on the West coast. For me, sunrise is always over
land, sunset over sea.
Consider your own geography. It is likely to make some differences.
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Update: June 2012